11 Nov 2020

From undercover ops to a bloody uprising – a diplomat’s story

Undercover operations, military uprisings and royal visits were part of Battle of Britain Memorial Trust Secretary Patrick Tootal’s daily life during the last of his 33 years’ service with the Royal Air Force.

Now Patrick plans to tell the story of his life as a diplomat in a special online presentation via the Zoom platform at 3pm on Wednesday 25 November.

The former Hercules pilot will outline his remarkable career as an Air Attaché in Madrid and Defence Attaché in Buenos Aires after leaving active service as a Group Captain. 

While in Spain, Gp Capt. Tootal was involved in behind-the-scenes planning for a military operation in which three members of the Provisional IRA were shot dead by the SAS in Gibraltar and was later on hand during Her Majesty the Queen’s visit to Spain, the first ever by a reigning British monarch. 

In 1990 he was sent as Defence Attache to Buenos Aires, which was gradually emerging from military dictatorship under Carlos Menem, the country’s second democratically elected President. He arrived just eight years after the war in the Falkland Islands, which added… Read more

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10 Nov 2020

Special visitors to the Memorial

The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust was delighted to welcome Slovak Ambassador Ľubomír Rehakand and the new Slovak Defence Attaché Col Vladímir Stolárik on a recent visit to the Memorial.   Like many other visitors, the two men combined their trip to Capel-le-Ferne with a visit to the Kent Battle of Britain Museum just down […]… Read more

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9 Nov 2020

Memorial features in lockdown service

The Memorial featured in a moving Remembrance Day service broadcast online by the Rev Brian Williams, Vicar of the Parish of Alkham with Capel-le-Ferne and Hougham, on Sunday. Brian has kindly agreed that we can share his uplifting service with visitors to this website. He is a great supporter of the Memorial Trust and has […]… Read more

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2 Nov 2020

RAF fan Jacob marks end of anniversary year

Young RAF super-fan Jacob Newson celebrated his seventh birthday at the Memorial after braving strong winds and heavy rain to complete a marathon fund-raising walk for the RAF Benevolent Fund. Known on social media as Jacob the Pilot, the youngster’s 35-mile walk over two days with dad Andrew took the total amount raised for the […]… Read more

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12 Oct 2020

Fund-raising trio smash their target

Three runners who notched up more than three marathon distances in just five days have more than doubled their fund-raising target in aid of two Battle of Britain charities. Author and top Battle of Britain Memorial Trust supporter Jonny Cracknell was joined by Chris Marsh and Chris Scott on their 80-plus mile sponsored run to […]… Read more

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6 Oct 2020

Get ready to welcome Jonny on Friday!

The Trust is looking forward to welcoming top supporter Jonny Cracknell and his team to the site on Friday afternoon (9 Oct) at the end of an impressive 80-mile fund-raising run. To mark the completion of this fantastic five-day effort, which is raising money for the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and the Kent Battle […]… Read more

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23 Sep 2020

Special visitor will mark anniversary

Social media superstar youngster Jacob the Pilot will celebrate his seventh birthday by walking to the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne to raise money for an RAF charity next month. Jacob and his dad, Andrew Newson, will spend two days walking from the former site of RAF Manston to the Memorial – a total […]… Read more

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15 Sep 2020

80 Years ago today, the tide began to turn

Today is Battle of Britain Day, a day that marks a pivotal point in the battle for air supremacy that saw the Royal Air Force emerge victorious against the larger forces of the Luftwaffe. In winning the Battle, the RAF stopped Hitler’s invasion plans, preserved this country as the embarkation point for the Normandy landings […]… Read more

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7 Sep 2020

PT instructors smash fund-raising challenge

PT instructors from RAF Cosford finished a fund-rasing challenge on behalf of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust in well under their target time, and are well on the way to raising an impressive £1,400 for the charity. The serving RAF members wore Memorial Trust tee-shirts during their ‘Spitfire 80-miler’ relay walk around the RAF […]… Read more

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